Alfred State Ready to Host Track National Championships

Beginning on Wednesday athletes representing twenty-five NJCAA institutions will travel to Alfred State College to participate in the 2009 Outdoor Track & Field Championships.  The event will feature nearly 350 participants vying for both individual and team honors.

This is the fifth national championship hosted by Alfred State since 1994 (Cross Country in '94, '95, '06 and softball in '06).

Athletic Director Kathy Feldman is looking forward to hosting this event.  "Alfred State College is honored to host the NJCAA Division III Track & Field Championship.  Some of the top NJCAA athletes from around the country will be competing and it will be exciting to watch them.  The new facility that Alfred State has built allows these athletes the chance to compete in one of the finest track & field complexes in the country."

After a practice day on Wednesday, the action begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning and will run all the way until 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.  In between 44 national championships will be won and two teams will earn the title of top programs in the country.

The field for the event features twelve athletes that earned All-American honors in individual events at the 2008 National Championships.  Both the men's defending national champion, Harper College, and the women's defending champion, Herkimer CCC, will be in the field for 2009.

Male Returning All-Americans 

Female Returning All-Americans

Ryan Asta: DuPage: Hammer Throw, Discus, & Shot Put 

Reaghan Bulkley: Alfred State: Long Jump 

Kurt Vowell: Herkmer: Long Jump 

Chantel Salamone: Herkimer: Triple Jump & 100 hurdles

Chris Mason: Delhi: 5,000 & 10,000 

Yanique Folkes: Middlesex: Triple Jump 

Darius Voss: Harper: Triple Jump 

Claudette Hetmeyer: Bronx: 400 & 800

Josh Schultheis: Delhi: 1,500 

Lauren Penc: Mohawk Valley: 200 & 400

Dan Benton: DuPage: 200 & 400

 

Joe Pruckno: 110 hurdles 

 

Colleges participating in the 2009 National Championships

Alfred State College

Bergen CC 

Bronx CC 

CC of Rhode Island 

Cumberland CC 

SUNY Delhi 

College of DuPage 

Erie CC 

Finger Lakes CC 

Gloucester County College 

Harper College 

Herkimer CCC 

Howard CC 

Kingsborough CC 

Middlesex CC 

Mohawk Valley CC 

Monroe College 

Montgomery College 

Nassau CC 

Northern Essex CC 

Prince George's CC 

Queensborough CC 

Roxbury CC 

Suffolk CCC-Grant Campus 

Thaddeus Stevens College 

Alfred State College athletes will be well represented in the national championships. 

  • - Schuyler Duross (Johnstown) is ranked1st in the decathlon.
  • - Dan Reynolds (Wayland Cohocton is ranked 1st in the pole vault. Teammate Alex Curran (Williamson)is ranked 2nd and Broncho Rollins (Ithaca) is tied for 3rd in the same event.
  • - John Sweeney (Barker) is ranked 2nd in the 10,000.
  • - Rod Streater (Burlington, NJ) is ranked 2nd in the high jump.
  • - Peter Francia (Greece Olympia) is ranked 2nd in the 3000 steeplechase.
  • - David Gross (Brockport) is ranked 2nd in the shot put.
  • - Wenley Louis (Irondequoit) is ranked 3rd in the long jump and 4th in the triple jump.
  • - Shawna McNeil (Hornell) is ranked 3rd in the heptathlon, 3rd in the high jump, and 5th in the 100 m hurdles.
  • - Heather Sears (Letchworth) is ranked 3rd in the pole vault.
  • - Bridget McMahon (Avoca) is ranked 3rd in the 1500.

Admission is $5 a day for adults, $3 for senior citizens, $1 for visiting students, and anyone under 12 is free.

To follow the action of the 2009 NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships visit: http://www.alfredstate.edu/athletics/2009-outdoor-track-and-field-national-championships